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Global Health

The Global Health Track (GHT) is designed to provide a broad based didactic curriculum along with eight weeks of time over the course of the residency to pursue involvement in Global Health activities. Maximum flexibility is afforded to allow for the development of individual interests. A project is required to complete participation in the GHT, culminating in a poster, abstract, presentation, and/or manuscript. The project may be educational in nature, community based, or research oriented. Examples of recent projects include: a research study evaluating knowledge of HPV and HPV vaccination among HIV-infected adolescents in South Africa; an evaluation of patterns of alcohol consumption among migrant farm workers in Western New York; teaching neonatal resuscitation at a small hospital in Ghana; conducting a comparison of government supported geriatric care between Japan and the United States. Mentorship will be provided to help design projects, identify overseas opportunities, choose among opportunities, and steer GHT activities towards individual career goals.

The GHT track includes learning modules and presentations/seminars spread throughout the academic year. Every effort will be made to coordinate didactic activities with clinical schedules. GHT residents will be encouraged to participate in Global Health activities that are sponsored by other departments and schools at the University of Rochester. With successful completion of this track, residents receive "Distinction in Global Health" upon graduation.

Past Global Health Projects

  • Nurse Training in Shoklo Malaria Research Unit based out of Mae Sot on the Thai-Burmese Border
  • Care for Patients with Tubercuolosis in the Anoor Sanitorium (Mafraq, Jordan); a Case-Study for Indigenous Peoples
  • Comparing diagnostic strategies and initial management of Pediatric HIV in the U.S. and developing countries.
  • Pediatric HIV in Lesotho, South Africa
  • Nutrition among orphans in developing countries
  • Health and Human Rights in Central America
  • HIV and Cervical Cancer in South Africa
  • Alternative Medicine in Southeast Asia
  • Pre-Hospital Care in the developing world
  • Community Development in Nicaragua
  • Working with the Catholic Health Association of India across mutiple sites in Uttar Pradesh; gaining understanding of their operations, organizing healthcare and injustices being addressed
  • Redesigning the Global Health Track Curriculum
The Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics have nationally recognized faculty researchers, and Med-Peds residents have full access to their skills and mentorship.

To learn more about resident research, please visit our Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency program pages.


Dr. Amina Alio

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Public Health Sciences
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Rochester, NY 14642